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Director
Aki Kaurismäki

Filmography

1981 The Saimaa Gesture (co-direction: Mika Kaurismäki)
1983 Rikos Ja Rangaistus / Crime and Punishment /
1985 Calamari Union
1986 Varjoja Paratiisissa / Shadows in Paradise
1986 Rocky VI (short)
1987 Hamlet Liikemaailmassa / Hamlet Goes Business /
1987 Thru the Wire (short)
1987 Rich Little Bitch (short)
1988 Ariel
1988 L.A. Woman (μμ/short)
1989 Leningrad Cowboys Go America /
1989 Dirty Hands (TV)
1989 Tulitikkutehtaan Tytto / The Match Factory Girl
1990 I Hired a Contract Killer
1991 La Vie de Bohème
1991 Those Were the Days (short)
1992 These Boots (short)
1993 Total Balalaika Show (doc)
1993 Pidä Huivista Kiinni, Tatjana / Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatjana
1993 Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses
1996 Kauas Pilvet Karkaavat / Drifting Clouds
1999 Juha
2002 Dogs Have No Hell (short)
2002 Mies Vailla Menneisyytta / The Man without a Past
2004 Bico (short)
2006 Laitakaupungin Valot / Lights in the Dusk
2007 The Foundry (short)
2011 Le Havre
2012 El centro histórico (co-direction: Pedro Costa, Victor Erice, Manoel de Oliveira)



Biography
Aki Kaurismäki, born in 1957, grew up in “the age terrorized by television,” and has tried and managed to stick totally to the inseparable realities of the real world and the “deep screen” that only 35mm film – light against the electronic machinations, the beauty of artisan tradition against technological overkill – makes possible. He never used any other material, least of all video, and he is simply very proud for having joined in the continuity and tradition of “real cinema.” His minimalist style is all his own (and that of the great cinematographer of all his films, Timo Salminen); he never entered the Finnish Film School (as he was suspected of being “too cynical”). At the same time his films are full of quotations (he claims Juhamust have more than a hundred), but always invisible, a part of a constant dialogue where particles of film culture reveal realities of the human environment, society and psyche as it is now, and as it was during the tender years of Aki’s childhood; only vaguely known to foreign spectators, there is always an overwhelming presence of Finnish typicalities, “objects of love” and references to well-known sources of Finnish literary evergreens, painting or of course popular music (or our beloved films).

Aki Kaurismäki

Shadows in Paradise / Aki Kaurismäki

The terrifying mouth of a garbage crusher, the sea crashing upon the shore, a few kisses and the tragicomic life in a metropolis. Shadows in Paradise tells the love story between a garbage truck driver and a supermarket cashier. It is a film about losers, about the necessity of love and also about humility, dignity and pride. Nikander is a garbage truck driver in Helsinki – a job with little social prestige, but which he can endure as he has developed a kind of pride in his work. He has only ever read comics his whole life long and therefore never learned that he should achieve something in his life. He is almost like an innocent in a potentially evil world. It is only a sudden skipped beat of his heart, initiated by Ilona, a supermarket cashier as low down and replaceable in the social hierarchy as himself, that causes Nikander to think about himself and look at himself from a distance.


Director:Aki Kaurismäki
Script:Aki Kaurismäki
Cinematography:Timo Salminen
Editing:Raija Talvio
Sound:Jouko Lumme
Art Direction:Pertti Hilkamo, Heikki Ukkonen
Costumes:Tuula Hilkamo
With:Matti Pellonpää (Nikander), Kati Outinen (Ilona Rajamäki), Saku Kuosmanen (Melartin), Esko Nikkari (coworker)
World Sales:The Match Factory GmbH, Germany Michael Weber T. +49 221 539 709-0 F. +49 221 539 709-10 info@matchfactory.de www.the-match-factory.com
Producer:Mika Kaurismäki
Production:Villealfa Filmproductions Oy, Finland
Production Country:Finland
Format:35mm Color
Duration:76'
Production Year:1986
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Friday, November 02, 2012 - 21:30 | ID:026
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 17:30 | ID:524
JOHN CASSAVETES:Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 13:00 | ID:952
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